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2017 California Champions of Mental Health Charity Awards Dinner and Jazz Concert featuring international smooth jazz superstar eric darius
Friday, November 17, 2017
5:30 p.m. Jazz Cocktail Reception
6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Awards Dinner and Jazz Concert
Crowne Plaza Hotel Sacramento Northeast
5321 Date Avenue
Sacramento, California 95841
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Thank you to our sponsors and supporters! - #2017MHCAwardsDinner
To celebrate the achievements of California's mental health leadership, we invited the community to participate in an elegant evening of recognition of accomplishments in mental health and wellness in the Golden State. Award recipients had demonstrated success in helping to resolve complex community mental health concerns through advocacy, research, public policy, outreach, clinical work, or direct services.
Rusty Selix, the co-Author of Proposition 63, the California Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his public policy leadership and decades of dedication to California’s mental health movement. Additional awardees included the One Mind Institute for "Brain Science & Research", Senator Holly J. Mitchell for "Legislator of the Year" for her dedication to California's health and wellness, and Dr. Karen L. Smith, Director of the California Department of Public Health for her excellence in "Cultural Outreach" for the department’s California Reducing Disparities Project under the leadership of the Office of Health Equity.
The event highlighted these achievements through award and video presentations. Guest speakers, including Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli, Senator Richard Pan, Dr. John Boyd, CEO for System Mental Health for Sutter Health, and Daniel Hahn, Chief of Police, City of Sacramento, shared their appreciation for this work. An hour-long jazz networking reception preceded the dinner event. We also presented a silent auction, additional guest speakers, and excellent entertainment.
The evening was capped-off with a dynamic performance by saxophonist, composer, producer, and vocalist Eric Darius, an international smooth jazz superstar who‘s current single, “Breakin’ Thru”, has officially reached #1 on the Mediabase Smooth Jazz Chart.
This incredible performer has six critically acclaimed albums under his belt, a Number One hit single, and Seven Top 10 radio hits on Nielsen’s R&R/Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts, and has shared the stage with innumerable, world-renown, Grammy Award-winning artists such as Prince, Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige, Carlos Santana, Babyface, Wynton Marsalis, and George Benson, among many others.
Event sponsors include UnitedHealthcare, UC Davis Health, The California Endowment, Sutter Health, Highlands Community Charter School, Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions High School, Sierra Health Foundation, the CHELSEA Corporation, the California Black Chamber of Commerce, the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, RCJ Law Enforcement Consulting, CB Communications, the Sacramento Chapter of the Links, Inc., Woodbridge Wines by Robert Mondavi, Impact Foundry, Sac Cultural Hub Media, and the Natomas Unified School District.
We thank all those who supported our inaugural charity awards dinner. Thank you for creating a dynamic opportunity for sharing of a common cause to which we are all connected. Proceeds from the event will support Mental Health California’s training, education, and community outreach programs.